Santa Maria

Santa MariaAfter the goodbye to São Miguel, and after a flight of 52 nautical miles south, about 15 minutes, we landed at the international airport of the island of Santa Maria, the third smallest of the Azores – 92 km2.
The first sensation is of peace and tranquility provided by the warm atmosphere, characteristic of the Azorean islands.
In the landscape, Santa Maria presents a landscape marked by the contrast of the plain of its western half, where the Airport and the parishes of Vila do Porto, São Pedro and Almagreira, and the other eastern half, much more rugged, are located the parishes of Santa Bárbara and Santo Espírito, and the highest point of the island, Pico Alto.

 


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Pico wine among the best in Portugal

Over a thousand wines and sparkling wines were tasted and evaluated. Of these, a total of 68 were awarded, most notably the Douro region, which won 28 awards. The “Passion for Prestige Wine” award went to eight producers. Among them, three red wines, all DOC Douro: Costa Boal Homage Douro red Grande Reserva 2011, from Costa Boal Family Estates; Quinta …

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What to eat in São Miguel

Furnas stew It is the most popular dish in São Miguel. The stew is a mixture of meats – pork, chicken and beef – sausage and vegetables. What distinguishes it from a traditional stew is that it is cooked underground by volcanic steam and without water. It is a meal prepared by Mother Nature! On the banks of Lagoa das …

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Bathing in hot springs

Although the Azores are bathed in relatively warm waters, it can still be a little cold. The good news is that there are warm waters where you can take a dip, get a massage with hot natural water or just relax and meditate.   These hot springs are common on the island of São Miguel. Poça da Dona Beija, Caldeira …

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